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Can sleeping upright help an ear infection?

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Resting or sleeping sitting up rather than lying down can encourage fluid in your ear to drain. This could ease pressure and pain in your middle ear. Prop yourself up in bed with a stack of pillows, or sleep in an armchair that's a bit reclined.

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infection (Middle Ear).”

National Institutes of Health: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” " Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Acute Otitis Media."

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.”

AARP Health: "Earache."

Health Guidance: "How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 26, 2019

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infection (Middle Ear).”

National Institutes of Health: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” " Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Acute Otitis Media."

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.”

AARP Health: "Earache."

Health Guidance: "How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 26, 2019

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